Having an order (routine) to what you do when you do it provides direction. Upgrading our routines is something we constantly need to be doing. Sticking to something in one area of your life can help you build up your routine while keeping and developing skills in other areas.
How do you know when it is time to change your routine?
Examples of the Benefits of Routines and the ways Good Routines can help you in other areas of your life.
What do you do with your time? Are you participating in empowering routines every day? Are your routines helping you accomplish your goals? Have you found your routines to be empowering and time-saving?
What is overconsumption of sugar?
Overconsumption is defined as equaling more than six teaspoons a day and the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons a day! OUCH! We are a nation of over consumers!
American Overconsumption = American obesity epidemic
There are many health hazards associated with sugar and can be divided into four categories, which are: Increased Risk of Diseases and Sicknesses, Nutrient Imbalance or Deficiency, Bodily Impairments, and Behavioral Changes. (from Mercola.com)
Increased Risk of Diseases and Illnesses
Research has shown that sugar is linked with many diseases and illnesses. Here is a list of those that have been directly linked to sugar taken from many sources and compiled into one list.
Nutrient Imbalance of Deficiency
Sugar can, like alcohol overconsumption initiate many deficiencies in our bodies. These include:
Also like alcohol there are impairments that happen as a result of overconsumption and many are serious and life altering changes.
Research has shown you can become addicted to sugar consumption so it isn’t any great surprise to find these behavioral changes associated with sugar overconsumption.
Choosing a well-balanced diet tailored to your specific body type helps, with extra emphasis on food rich in fiber, which helps slow down the absorption of sugar, and food rich in high quality omega-3 fats, which are also crucial to lessening the impact of eating excessive sugar. Avoiding food with high sugar content and constantly rehydrating with fresh and pure water are recommended.
Lastly, exercising every day, along with optimizing your vitamin D levels, getting enough sleep, and managing your stress levels can also help minimize the effects of excessive sugar intake. Exercise in particular is known to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce stress levels, suppress ghrelin (the appetite hormone), speed up metabolism, strengthen bones, and boost your mood.
So many people refrain from alcohol for many reasons from health to religious beliefs but not too many would give a second thought about consuming sugar. It was quite eye-opening for me to realize that the health consequences are almost identical and we forget that alcohol is fermented sugar!
Comparison of Effects of Alcohol and Sugar Consumption (from Mercola.com)
|Chronic Alcohol (Ethanol) Consumption||Chronic Fructose
|Hepatic dysfunction (ASH)||Hepatic dysfunction (NASH)|
|Fetal alcohol syndrome||Fetal insulin resistance|
|Addiction||Habituation, if not addiction|